Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, filed legislation this week in Austin to help prevent underwater delinquent taxpayers from digging deeper holes by falling victim to predatory property tax lending. Read More

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This week, we take a look at the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll and a proposal by state Senate leaders to offer tax relief to property owners and businesses.

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New polls from the University of Texas and our partners at the Texas Tribune find that the majority of Texans don’t like how much they’re paying in property taxes and don’t support the open carrying of guns in public. Read More

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In a state where no taxes are beloved, property taxes are the least beloved of all, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Business taxes, while also unpopular, don’t elicit strong reactions from 39 percent of voters. Read More

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Texas Senate leaders upped the ante on tax cuts Tuesday, announcing three bipartisan bills that would reduce property and business levies by more than $4.6 billion over two years — a revenue loss Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the Legislature could easily spare, thanks to flush state coffers, while also addressing state employee pensions, teacher health care, deferred maintenance and other pressing needs. Read More

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The chairman of the Texas House’s tax-writing committee said Monday that he envisions bigger tax relief than has been proposed by the state Senate. Read More

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Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the state Capitol in Austin on Feb. 23. Read More
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Texas’ Republican leaders have called for multibillion dollar cuts to business and property taxes but so far have remained mum on what mechanisms they’d prefer lawmakers use to get there Read More

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave a rousing speech to the Texas Association of Business' annual meeting in Austin on Tuesday, making big promises to help business while sowing fear of immigrants in the country illegally. Read More

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No doubt one of the big winners in Gov. Greg Abbott's State of the State speech delivered Monday will be the small business community, which has backed ending the state's franchise tax. Read More

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Proposed state legislation that could cut your property taxes is getting some push-back from some mayors in Texas. Nine mayors, including ones from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, met in Austin on Monday to tell the state government to back off. Read More

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Both the El Paso City Council and County Commissioners Court passed resolutions on Monday calling for state legislators to reform property tax laws so that all property owners pay their fair share of taxes, officials said. Read More

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Randall County Commissioners approve a tax abatement for a new wind farm. Read More

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Gov. Mark Dayton wants railroads to pay significantly higher property taxes to help offset the cost of improvements throughout the state. Read More

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For three straight legislative sessions, cities and counties have successfully lobbied against attempts to limit growth in their property tax revenue. Read More

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Gov. Greg Abbott took the bold step of promising to veto the entire budget if business tax cuts aren’t in it. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has pushed for about $3 billion in property tax cuts. Read More

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A Wichita Falls man arrested last week for allegedly trying to pay his property tax bill using tightly folded $1 bills is speaking out on Thursday about the incident.  Read More

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Owning a home within close proximity of major area highways and retail centers means you will likely pay higher property taxes than other homeowners in the metro area, according to a Channel 2 Investigates review of assessed property values. Read More

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Brenda Jones fell behind on her property taxes. Jones took out a property tax loan to pay this bill, but she couldn't afford the monthly payments. She was unaware that her disability made her eligible for assistance at the tax office. Thursday, January 28, 2015 (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)  Read More

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